If your child knows you spy on them, I can guarantee you aren’t seeing everything. And you absolutely aren’t protecting them. When I started making social media accounts my mom demanded to know all passwords for all my accounts. So what did I do? I created secret accounts on sites she didn’t know existed.

When I got a cell phone she would check my texts, so I deleted messages and texted with my friends phones. We switched to a phone company that let her read my texts online, so I downloaded a texting app on my iPod touch.

She constantly checked my internet history so I got in the habit of always using incognito mode.

If I had been cyber bullied or put in danger because of any of my actions on the Internet, I absolutely would not have gone to her about it. I would’ve tried to handle it on my own, which would probably not end well. When you violate your child’s trust, you lose your ability to protect them from the things you were worried about in the first place.

thinkprogress.org
NSA To Dump Phone Records In Surveillance Database
Remember, remember the 29th of November.

As the National Security Agency (NSA) winds down its bulk phone data surveillance program, the government well begin purging that data and cutting off access to it by the end of the year.

The NSA won’t be allowed to query the telephony metadata collection in the last five years after Nov. 29, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) said in a statement Tuesday.

Imagine Person A has an overprotective parent and the parent goes through Person A’s phone. They find out that Person A has a crush on Person B and send embarrassing messages to Person B on their own account. Person B later messages Person A to ask if they knew their parent said anything. Person A did not and is extremely embarrassed.

Do you ever wonder if the various national intelligence agencies ever get caught in a recursive loop of spying on each other’s spying?

Like, maybe CSEC is spying on my emails.

The NSA is spying on CSEC spying on my emails.

The KGB* is spying on the NSA spying on CSEC spying on my emails.

MI5 is spying on the KGB spying on the NSA spying on CSEC spying on my emails.

And CSEC is spying on MI5 spying on the KGB spying on the NSA spying on CSEC spying on my emails.

Recursion is fun!

* Okay, they call it the SVR these days, but we all know who’s still in charge.

rightwingwatch.org
Dangerous Demagogue Ben Carson: Government Should Spy On Classrooms And Libraries
In a meeting with The Des Moines Register’s editorial board today, Ben Carson defended his proposal to crack down on political bias on college campuses by saying that the Department of Education should have the power to secretly monitor classrooms and libraries to root out and uncover potential bias.

In a meeting with The Des Moines Register’s editorial board today, Ben Carson defended his proposal to crack down on political bias on college campuses by saying that the Department of Education should have the power to secretly monitor classrooms and libraries to root out and uncover potential bias.

He said that the same surveillance could also root out inefficiencies in federal government agencies.

Carson, ironically, then railed against the “craziness” of “safe zones” on campus that try to “shelter” students from offensive language. He has regularly claimed that the “P.C. Police” wants to restrict “the freedom of speech [and] the freedom of expression.”

In the meeting, Carson again wildly misrepresented an incident at Florida Atlantic University to justify his position.

Ben Carson suggested on Wednesday that the Department of Education and other government agencies should secretly enter classrooms, libraries and other government offices to track instances of political bias and inefficiency.

Carson, a Republican presidential candidate, was responding to a question from The Des Moines Register’s editorial board regarding prior statements he’s made calling for federal monitoring of colleges and universities for political bias.

“Basically, when complaints are heard, you know, from students or from other faculty members, you would go in and investigate,” Carson said. “You can do that rather surreptitiously.”



When pressed by an editorial writer whether surreptitious federal investigations into college classroom discussions would amount to policing people’s thoughts, Carson answered that such action is appropriate any time federal money is involved.



“I believe in the secret shopper concept for all government agencies,” he said. “I believe that there should be people out there who are acting as consumers and seeing if we are taking care of them appropriately.”

He went on, “Not just classrooms and libraries, but anything that the taxpayers are paying for. We ought to be monitoring it and making sure it is done appropriately.”

Dangerous demagogues like Ben Carson are unfit to be President!

h/t: Brian Tashman at TWW

thestar.com
Canada’s electronic spy agency broke privacy laws, watchdog says
Federal watchdog says the Communications Security Establishment passed along metadata of Canadians to counterparts in the U.S., among others.

Canada’s secretive electronic spying agency realized in 2013 it was breaking domestic privacy rules by transferring Canadians’ data to allied countries, but the government kept the mistake under wraps for two years.

The transfers were discovered by the spy agency, the Communications Security Establishment, at a time when the questionable practices of national security agencies were being revealed by U.S. whistleblower Edward Snowden in 2013.

The agency said it quickly informed the defence minister at the time, as well as the watchdog that reviews its operations. Rob Nicholson, who was Conservative defence minister when the transfers were discovered, could not be reached for comment Thursday.

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